And I sought
for a man among them,
that should make up the hedge,
and stand in the gap before
me for the land, that I should not
destroy it: but I found none
Ezekiel 22 v 30
“Ye have not
gone up into the gaps,
neither made up the hedge for the house
of Israel to stand in the battle in the
day of the Lord.”
Ezekiel 13 v 5
So what is a true
First and foremost he
is a man!
He is God’s man!
He belongs to no one
He has no ruling
authority but God!
It will be said of
the true prophet that which was said of Elijah in James 5 v 17 - 18…
Elias was a man subject to like passions
as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it
rained not on the earth by the
space of three years and six months.
And he prayed again, and the heaven gave
and the earth brought forth her fruit.
In the natural the prophet is subject to
like passions as any other saint but in the spiritual he is acutely
attuned to the things of God.
He is dominated with
a mind that has God in complete control in ALL THINGS AT ALL TIMES
and if there be any other than that, only God will make it known to
He is not born on this earth as others
to do what others do!
He must so what God
requires of him.
He is separate from all institutions,
religions, doctrines and creeds!
He is a seer! He sees with the eye of
God, understands by the will of God, and cannot be moved otherwise!
He doesn’t foretell the future.
He forth tells from Scripture alerting the people to the times that
they are in and what is imminent according to the word of God.
He is mostly alone in his thinking and
is never changed by other mens thoughts.
He is mostly at home in the presence of
He is set apart to
search out the hidden truths
of scripture and reveal them to babes!
He’s rejected by the wise and prudent
and misunderstood by all but the elect of God!
He is set for judgments that lead unto
righteousness and truth that brings a freedom that only rings in
He is solid rock in
truth and cannot be swayed by anything that is half true or even 99%
true! No matter whom it is that preaches it!
He is quick to receive the penitent
heart and quick to speak judgment to evil doers! He reproves the
self-willed, the rebellious and the stubborn.
He uncovers the
abominations and hypocrisies of religions at the risk of life...
He pulls down that
which God did not build!
He roots up that
which God did not plant!
He destroys what God
A prophet is a man that God knew, formed, ordained and sanctified in
his mother’s womb! Just as John the Baptist was.
Therefore, he is the thought and voice
of God and hears by command that which he must speak! He has no
option but to speak it!
He has a voice that
speaks for God alone!
God is always with him! God puts his
own words in the prophet’s mouth!
A prophet builds up what God wants built
and plants what God wants planted! God performs His word that the
A prophet is one that God speaks
to by vision
and by dreams and by an audible voice,
and with a sanctified mind speaks a precise
word not mixed with mind and
of this world!
He is chosen to see the
of nations and to see God’s judgments that
are coming with destruction!
He is sent to utter these things
and proclaim them as warnings
that all men might turn from their wicked ways!
My friend and mentor Leonard
"Picture of a Prophet" describes thus…
No man can be fully accepted until he is
totally rejected. The prophet of the Lord is aware of both these
experiences. They are his brand name.
Smug or what . . .
The group, challenged by the prophet
because they are smug and comfortably insulated from a perishing
world in their warm but untested theology, is not likely to vote him
"man of the year" when he refers to them as habituates of the
"Synagogue of Satan".
Urgent need . . .
The prophet comes to set up that which
is upset. His work is to call into line those who are out of line.
He is unpopular because he opposes the
popular in morality and spirituality. In a day of faceless
politicians and voiceless preachers there is not a more urgent
national need than we cry to God for a prophet.
The function of the prophet, as Austin -
Sparks once said "has almost always been that of recovery".
The prophet is God's detective
seeking for a lost treasure.
The degree of his effectiveness is
known by the measure of unpopularity. Compromise is not known to
He has no price
tags . . .
He is totally "other worldly"
He is unquestionably controversial
and unpardonably hostile
He marches to another drummer
He breathes the rarefied air of
He is a "seer" who comes to lead the
He lives in the heights of God and
comes into the valley with a "thus saith
He shares some of the foreknowledge of
and so is aware of impending judgment
He lives in splendid isolation
He is forthright and outright but
claims no birthright
His message is repent,
be reconciled to God or else
His prophecies are parried
His truth brings torment but
his voice is never void
He is the villain of today and
the hero of tomorrow
He is excommunicated while alive
and exalted when dead
He is dishonoured with epithets when
breathing and honoured with
epitaphs when dead
He is a schoolmaster to bring us to
but few "make the grade" in his class
He is friendless when living
and famous when dead
He is against the establishment in
then he is establishes as a saint by
He eats daily the bread of affliction
ministers, but he feeds the bread of
to those who will listen
He walks before men for days but has
walked before God for years
He is a scourge to the nation before he
is scourged by the nation
He announces, pronounces and
He has a heart like a volcano and
his words are like fire
He talks to God for people
He talks to people for God
He burns the lamp of truth amongst
He hides with God in the secret place
nothing to hide in the market place
He is naturally sensitive but
He has passion, purpose and pugnacity
He is ordained of God but disdained
He will be self abasing, non self
non self projecting, non self righteous,
non self glorying, non self promoting
He will say nothing that will draw men
but only that which will move men to God
Let him come daily from the throne of a
the place where he has received the order of the day.
(Thank you Leonard Ravenhill)
An Iron pillar...
A prophet of God is likened unto a
defenced city, an iron pillar - and like a brazen wall against the
whole land, against the headships of all religious movements,
against the ministers thereof and against the people of the land
because of their falseness!
Prophets therefore are fought
to no avail because God is with them!
The prophet declares . . .
“ Return unto the Lord and forsake
your cloaks of religion
nothing but vanity and lies of hypocrisy that is
strong delusion and a mockery of God! “
A prophet of God
stands on the
other side of the river where it may seem to all it is a dry barren
desert, a wilderness, unknown and fearful. A place where “fear and
doubt” would grip the heart of man!
You may abide on the side of the river
where it is nice, clean, comfortable and secure - where all are
clothed in fine garments - where partying, barbecues, singing,
dancing and the greatest glorious religious structures with all
their praises and adorations are made known!
A place of religious security where
there seems to be peace and satisfaction, love and goodwill, food,
clothing and shelter!
Yes, you may abide where all is well,
calm and comfortable, where there is a
progressive - worldly lifestyle of security and substance and a
church and religion of your choice!
A place of the glory of man and the
great works of man!
In that number. . .
Yes you can be numbered among the
popular religious beliefs and go to the church of your choice, but
in the end you will be in an eternal hell that can never cross over
that river where that prophet walks in the midst of holy angels and
in the presence of Almighty God!
You will never come into the fearful,
glorious presence of God’s Holy Son and touch the mountain of His
fire and enter the cloud where He is and hear His thundering voice
saying . . .
“The prophet has brought you
By a prophet were they led out . . .
By a prophet they were kept . . .
And by a prophet they are led in . . .
Tune into the prophets for the time
frame you are now living in, this is the last generation before
Believe in the LORD your God,
so shall ye be established;
believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
Yet he sent prophets to them,
to bring them again unto the LORD;
Son of man, I have made thee a
watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my
mouth, and give them warning from me.
Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing,
but he revealeth his secret unto
his servants the prophets.
It’s time to look up – MARANATHA – the King is